Senate passes reform bill

Health care reform recieved the go ahead from the senate yesterday when the bill was passed. Now the nation must wait for the senates form of the bill to merge with the House of Representatives version. Due to the holiday, the merge has been postponed until after the new year. Once the bill has been merged, it will go back to the house and senate final approval before it can be signed into law by President Obama.

President Obama addressed the situation in a statement given to the press,

The $871 billion measure would provide health care to 30 million Americans who are currently uninsured, strengthen and save the life of Medicare, curb waste and inefficiency in the health care system, and help reduce the deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion in the coming decades.

If all goes as planned, this could be a turning point for United States health care. Both versions of the bill, Senate and House, hold insurance companies accountable for the currently high costs for health care. Individuals who have previously been denied because of pre-existing conditions should be excited about this reform. Once the bills have been implemented, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.